The word hypnosis derives from the Greek word 'hypnos' meaning sleep. Often this is why many false perceptions are created, and hypnosis has regularly over the centuries been incorrectly described as an artificially induced sleep. This could not be more wrong. When a person is under hypnosis they have simply travelled to a completely natural altered state of mind. It is often surprising for people to learn that this hypnotic state is actually induced normally in every day living, far more often that it is induced artificially. For example, have you ever driven your car and arrived at your destination without realising how you got there? Well in this time you have entered the hypnotic state, and you most certainly were not asleep whilst you were driving. Whenever we get completely engrossed in a novel or watching a movie, we enter the state of hypnosis. In fact, we enter it hundreds of times a day!
So why use hypnosis? All of our learnt behaviours and beliefs are contained in our subconscious minds. This includes how we walk, talk, drive; but also how we view ourselves and how we cope with the world around us. These are learnt behaviours and thought processes. Some of them are extremely helpful to our survival, for example, we know to look both ways before crossing the street. However, if the subconscious mind is full of negative thought processes and coping mechanisms it can cause problems. Using hypnotherapy I access your subconscious mind in order to help you to rewire these negative ways, ultimately enabling you to deal with life, pain, social situations and much more.
'All hypnosis is self-hypnosis' - Charles Tebbetts
Often in most kinds of therapy, it is thought that the therapist is the key to accessing and dealing with a client's problems. One of the reasons that I am so passionate about hypnosis is that I am not the key to your success; you are! All of the positive achievements and changes that you make whilst on your therapeutic journey are your own and I find this so empowering to know. With myself as your guide, you yourself have the power to change your thought processes and behaviours. You have the power within your own mind to live the life that you want to lead.